2013 PC Updates

On the PC front in 2013 are many great titles for PC gamers to enjoy. Devil May Cry is on the horizon as a retelling of the original story against a contemporary backdrop. With a release date of Jan. 25th, Ninja Theory is developing this title and has retained some of the original Capcom staff to keep the same flavor. Capcom is publishing the title.

Dead Space 3, Aliens:Colonial Marines, Starcraft II:Heart of the Swarm, Simcity, Bioshock Infinite and Company of Heroes 2 are some other titles slated for release in the coming months. Later in the year, Elder Scrolls Online is estimated for a Dec. release and the latest videos have many PC MMO fans talking:

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To start off the New Year right, Firaxis has released a free download for all owners of XCOM:Enemy Unknown incorporating new options for players who start a new game:

Damage Roulette: Weapons have a wider range of damage.
New Economy: Randomized council member funding.
Not Created Equally: Rookies will have random starting stats.
Hidden Potential: As a soldier is promoted, stats increase randomly.
Red Fog: Combat wounds will degrade the soldier’s mission stats.
Absolutely Critical: A flanking shot guarantees a critical hit.
The Greater Good: Psionics can only be learned from interrogating a psionic alien.
Marathon: The game takes considerably longer to complete.
Results Driven: A country offers less funding as its panic level increases.
High Stakes: Random rewards for stopping alien abductions.
Diminishing Returns: Increased cost of satellite construction.
More Than Human: The psionic gift is extremely rare.

This package is part of an update that players will obtain by logging into Steam and updating their game.

PC owners looking to expand their Sims 3 collection can look forward to the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s stuff pack set for release on Jan. 22nd. Electronic Arts during their livestream today announced 2 more Sims 3 expansions, The Sims 3 University Life, and The Sims 3 Island Life. University Life will include a new campus and town to explore, make it easier for sims to get a job with their degree, grow a social network and even partying and protesting are included in this March 5th release. Island Life is slated for a June release and has customizable houseboats, exploration to uncharted islands, and new activities snorkeling and scuba diving.

Also slated for release this year are two Shadowrun titles from tabletop gaming and highly successful from iterations on the old SNES and Sega Genesis systems.  Shadowrun had successful Kickstarter campaigns for two titles, Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun Online.

Shadowrun Returns will have an editor so that people can make their own missions for others to play through. It’s a 2D turn-based RPG with an emphasis on storytelling and tactical combat that will harken back to the SNES/SEGA versions, not the FPS released on Xbox. Shadowrun Returns is now available for pre-order (Estimated release date of Early Summer 2013).

Shadowrun Online is a full Unity3D online game, accessible through Windows, Mac, Android, iOS- and Linux and on Ouya, with high quality graphics and great effects. It is fully cross platform, meaning you can play it on your tablet in the train, then go home to sit down at your PC to continue with the same character. Highly individualizable characters and a turn based system, which balances fast-paced action with deep tactical combat, make it a true Shadowrun experience. The players actions in the world here will not only affect the fate of the online game world but also have effects in the pen and paper world of Shadowrun as well. Donations are still being made available through Paypal for those who wish to donate for a limited time and there are many different levels of contributions available and some really nice rewards for doing so.  More info on both these titles can be found at:

http://www.shadowrun.com/

So far, 2013 is shaping up to be an incredible year for PC, so Happy New Year to all and stay tuned to Gamematics.net for more information as it becomes available!

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